KUCHING, Jan 24: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah hopes that Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) will continue to play the important role of bridging the gap between the private sector and the government.
Awang Tengah, who is the International Trade and Investment Minister, said the government values the contribution of the various business communities where the majority of entrepreneurs represent small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and understands as well as empathises with the rakyat over their hardships during this challenging time caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“As such, numerous initiatives and strategies have been implemented expeditiously to ensure the welfare of the rakyat and the business communities are being taken care of.
“I hope the various Covid-19 Financial Assistance totaling RM284.5 billion provided by the federal government and RM5.6 billion under the Sarawak government’s Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) 1.0 to 8.0 have benefited the rakyat and the business communities during this challenging time,” said Awang Tengah in his speech during the Sarawak Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2021 presentation ceremony held at a hotel here today.
He added at the same time, his ministry also planned ahead together with all the business chambers for the recovery of the economy under the Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 (PCDS 2030).
On the award presentation, Awang Tengah, who is also the Second Minister for Natural Resources and Urban Development, said it had been a collaboration between his ministry, SCCI and Ernst and Young (EY) since 2004.
He noted the award recognises the accomplishments of local entrepreneurs in various fields, not just in entrepreneurial excellence but also corporate social responsibility.
“I would like to thank SCCI and EY for being our valued partners to promote greater entrepreneurship in Sarawak,” he said. — DayakDaily